Ceres: don’t ask for an ice cone there

credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Ceres reveals some of its well-kept secrets in two new studies in the journal Nature, thanks to data from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. They include highly anticipated insights about mysterious bright features found all over the dwarf planet’s surface.

In one study, scientists identify this bright material as a kind of salt. The second study suggests the detection of ammonia-rich clays, raising questions about how Ceres formed. … (JPL)

credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

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